maldives dhoni

The other Maldives: the hidden depths of paradise

It’s funny how there are some places you never thought you would visit. I have a friend who took some teasing over the years about his enthusiasm for the Maldives; he was keen to share the virtues of these idyllic islands in the sun, with its white sand beaches and stilted bungalows, to anyone who would listen. But I always knew that luxury holidays weren’t for me…

The lion that climbed the tree

In September 2015 I went to Kenya. I was on my way to another location in Africa, but as so often happens, my flights there and back transited in Nairobi and the temptation to see something outside the airport was too much to bear. So it was that I broke my journey on the way home, and spent two days and two nights in on a whistle-stop tour…

coffee seller of tainan

The coffee seller of Tainan

I arrived in Tainan on a Wednesday. Dropped off by bus in the city centre, I meandered through exotic local streets on the way to my hotel, absorbing the hustle and bustle of this very Chinese city. Taiwan has its own unique culture…